Make a Gift

Thank you for your interest in making a gift to GALA-ND/SMC. Your tax deductible donation is critical for securing the future of the organization and for supporting the many projects that GALA sponsors: the biannual Tom Dooley Awards, LGBT student scholarships, student leadership week at Campus Pride, the annual GALA football tailgate and more.

GALA-ND/SMC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. If a gift is not otherwise designated then it will be considered a general donation.

Note:  Once you have made a donation ask your employer for a matching contribution.  Double your donation!!

Donate Online

To make a one-time donation to GALA-ND/SMC, complete the online giving form. All online donations are secured and processed by AffiniPay.

It is not necessary to be a member to make an online gift, however if you are a member please ensure that you are logged into the online member directory before making the gift so that the donation will be automatically associated with your membership record.

After your donation is processed, you will receive an acknowledgement email.

Donations by Check

We strongly encourage online donations, because they are faster, more reliable and more secure than other methods. However, if this is not possible, gifts can also be made via postal mail.

Please make your check payable to GALA-ND/SMC and indicate that it is a donation in the memo field. If you wish to designate the gift, please enclose a letter describing your wishes. Mail your check to:

PO Box 487
Notre Dame, IN 46556-0487

When donating by mail, please send an email to with the amount of the gift and the approximate date that the check was mailed. Please note that due to the geographic distribution of the officers there is often significant delay between the date the donation is mailed and the date that we are able to process the donation and credit it to your account.

Estate Giving:

In addition to giving donations as described above, as you perform estate planning, consider leaving a legacy to GALA.  This can be done by either making an outright donation to the club or by directing the funds to be used in a particular way (student scholarships, education, camaraderie, etc,).

Members should have their attorney include the necessary language in their will, trust or estate planning documents.  Here is some suggested language that was used by one member:

“xx percent (xx%) outright to the GAY AND LESBIAN ALUMNI/AE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME AND SAINT MARY”S COLLEGE, Notre Dame, IN. Tax ID No. 41-1799727, or to its identifiable successor organization”

If the funds are to be directed additional suggested language such as this could be included, “with such bequest to be restricted and used only to fund student scholarships for LGBTQ students.”

Again, members should have their individual attorneys write the language they feel comfortable with.  GALA does not provide legal advice to members for this purpose.  If members have questions, they should be directed to the Chair.


Members can also designate GALA as a beneficiary on their 401K or IRA accounts.